Today, America will pause to honor the life and legacy of a great American, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In honoring Dr. King’s historic contributions to our country, we must continue his tireless fight for equal justice, civil rights, and economic empowerment.

Dr. King once said, "Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle." Throughout his tireless struggle for change, Dr. King constantly reminded us that the fight for equality is intrinsically linked to the fight for equal opportunities.

With millions of American families struggling to make ends meet, we are reminded every day of how much work there is still to do. We must renew our commitment to extending opportunities to all Americans. I look forward to working arm in arm with President-elect Obama to continue Dr. King’s courageous struggle to give every person regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender a shot to live the American dream.